KRG always support rights of communities in Iraq: Kurdistan Region President

“We consistently advocate for the rights and demands of Christians and all communities. Our support is rooted in the Kurdistan Region’s rich history of faith and culture, which promotes harmonious and equitable coexistence,” the Kurdistan Region President stated.
Kurdistan Region President Nechirvan Barzani delivering a speech, May 27, 2024. (Photo: Kurdistan24)
Kurdistan Region President Nechirvan Barzani delivering a speech, May 27, 2024. (Photo: Kurdistan24)

ERBIL (Kurdistan24) – Kurdistan Region President Nechirvan Barzani on Monday said that the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) will always support the rights of communities in Iraq.

The Kurdistan Region President’s remarks came during the Personal Status Law Congress for Christians in Iraq, hosted by the Catholic University in Erbil. 

“We consistently advocate for the rights and demands of Christians and all communities. Our support is rooted in the Kurdistan Region’s rich history of faith and culture, which promotes harmonious and equitable coexistence,” the Kurdistan Region President stated.

Barzani also pointed out that Christians in Iraq are treated according to laws that are incompatible with their religion and beliefs due to the lack of a personal status law. This has a negative impact on their families and communities.

“All matters of personal status must be settled according to Christian wishes and the principles of coexistence and equality of rights for all communities in Iraq,” he stressed.

He urged the Islamic Scholars' Union of Kurdistan and all religious scholars in the Kurdistan Region and Iraq to assist Christians in resolving their problems.

Following the rise of ISIS in 2014, thousands of Christians fled to the Kurdistan Region, where they sought sanctuary in the multi-ethnic and Christian-majority town of Ankawa whose population is estimated to be nearly 60,000 residents.

Religious leaders of the community on several occasions have praised the KRG’s efforts to protect Christians, whose numbers have been shrinking in Iraq since 2003 due to persecution and terrorism.